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Four vie for three seats in Walworth Village Board race

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Gazette Staff
March 31, 2010
— Four people are vying for three open seats on the Walworth Village Board.

Three incumbents are seeking re-election. They face a challenge from the man who filled in for one of the incumbents while he was on active duty.


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Kent A. Johnson (I)


Age: 59


Address: 210 S. Main St., Walworth.


Job: Assistant manager, The Dari Co., Hebron, Ill.


Education: Bachelor's degree in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill., 1973.


Community service: Former member of the Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce Board; former co-chairman of Taste of Geneva Lake.


Elected posts: Walworth Village Board member, 1999-present.


Major campaign issue: I would like to continue to help keep the village's portion of the property tax bill as low as possible and still provide the excellent services our residents require. The village board has been able to keep our debt at a comfortable level when many municipalities struggle with high amounts of borrowing.


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Matt Long (I)


Age: 43


Address: 115 Prairie Drive, Walworth.


Job: Firefighter/paramedic, Hoffman Estates Fire Department, Hoffman Estates, Ill.


Education: Graduate of Big Foot High School, 1985. Certified firefighter/paramedic.


Community service: Sergeant in the Army National Guard, 2006-present; former volunteer for the Walworth Fire Department, 1989-99.


Elected posts: Walworth Village Board member, 2002-present.


Major campaign issue: My main goal right now is to keep our taxes in check, keep them as low as possible, especially with the economic downturn and families needing as much help as they can get. I basically want to maintain services and the current tax rate.


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LeRoy Nordmeyer (I)


Age: 47


Address: 116 Weber St., Walworth.


Job: Flammable liquids coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Commerce.


Education: Graduate of Big Foot High School, 1981.


Community service: None.


Elected posts: Walworth Village Board member, 2006-present.


Major campaign issue: Many of our roads are in terrible condition, and we need to develop and implement a plan to begin improving them now. Funding this work within the confines of the current budget restrictions is going to be our greatest challenge.


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Ed Snyder


Age: 27


Address: 124 Prairie Drive, Walworth.


Job: Harbormaster, Abbey Marina, Fontana.


Education: Graduate of Big Foot High School, 2001; bachelor's degree in education, UW-Whitewater, 2007.


Community service: Member of the Walworth Park Commission, 2008-present; former basketball coordinator for the Big Foot Recreation Department, Walworth.


Elected posts: None. (He filled in for Long while he was on active duty from July to December.)


Major campaign issue: I want to help the village out in any capacity that I can to make it a great place to live and raise a family.



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